Posted on 10/22/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ursula K. Le Guin once expressed disappointment that literary awards tended to honor writers who depicted the world as it was, rather than those who imagined what it could be.

Now, her estate is working to right that wrong, with the creation of the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction.

The award will honor books that “reflect some of the themes and ideas that were central to Ursula’s own magnificent and beloved work, including hope and freedom; alternatives to conflict; and a holistic view of humanity’s place in the natural world,” according to the Guardian.

Nominations for the $25,000 prize open February 1 and are available to anyone; the first winner will be revealed October 21, 2022, which is Le Guin's ninety-third birthday.

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